Connie Meggs was released by Judge Amit Mehta, who found that the evidence of her involvement in the alleged conspiracy showed that she was less central than her husband.
The January 6th committee has already summoned Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers, on documents and testimony. Rhodes was not charged in connection with the January 6 attack, but he was present in the Capitol grounds outside the building that day and videos show that he gathered many of the Oath Keepers at a nearby rally point. He communicated frequently with Kelly Meggs and others during the break as well.
In their lawsuit – filed by attorneys Juli Haller and Jonathon Moseley, who are also Connie and future jury, respectively, and are seeking too broad a tranche of Verizon’s records.
“Publication of these records with a pending criminal case would be inappropriate and extremely detrimental to the fact that a fair jury is cut from a cross-section of the District of Columbia,” the lawyers argue. “And the subpoena is looking for records that contain information about the Meggs’ personal lives over three months, and since Mrs. Megg’s Verizon account was a family plan, other users are also connected to the account. And of course this also implies the data protection interests of these third parties. “
The Jan. 6 committee members repeatedly stressed that their aim is to legislate in response to the attack on the Capitol, as well as Donald Trump’s month-long campaign to overturn the 2020 election results. As part of this investigation, they want to investigate the role of local extremism in the attack. In addition to Rhodes, on January 6th the panel summoned the leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, and other heads of organizations connected with the events. Tarrio is serving a six-month prison sentence for stealing and burning a flag from Black Lives Matter during a protest in 2020.
But the subpoena for the Meggses information is the closest overlap to date between the committee and the ongoing criminal proceedings of the Justice Department. The Oath Keepers indictment is the most complex case among the more than 725 defendants charged with their actions on January 6th. In addition to the 19 defendants in the Oath Keepers case, several others have pleaded guilty and entered into cooperation agreements with prosecutors. Mehta has scheduled two processes in the case planned for mid to late 2022.
Moseley is also representing Stop the Steal founder Ali Alexander in a January 6 lawsuit against the committee for subpoening his phone recordings. In that case, Alexander had provided the panel with testimony and records of his contacts with Congressmen and a phone call from Kimberly Guilfoyle that morning before January 6th Fiancée of Donald Trump Jr. But Alexander declined the subpoena as being too lengthy.